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June 25th, 2013
10:52 PM ET

Dr. Drew on Two Fascinating "S" words: Snowden and Starbucks

As Edward Snowden's international travels continue to dominate the news cycle, on Tuesday evening Piers Morgan invited Drew Pinsky to the program, asking the famed addiction medicine specialist to offer his insight into the mindset of arguably the most sought after man in the world.

"The one thing I can tell you, it's not an addiction to something like a high, of a high risk, that sort of thing. Addicts do do that. Addicts are the sort of thrill-seeking population. I see no evidence of anything like this in this guy," said the man more-widely known as Dr. Drew. "There is probably more something to do with his relationship with authority."

Pressed by the host to suggest that the man who leaked details of the NSA's data-mining program is celebrating his new-found global fame after a life spent mired behind a computer screen, and Pinsky succumbs to the possibility:

"To be fair, we are purely speculating and just talking off cuff on this guy," the host of HLN's "Dr. Drew" qualified. "Yeah, I think there might be something to that. People these days, how else do you make your splash? First time in history fame as an antonymous motivator has shown up when you ask young people what they want to do with their lives."

Meanwhile, on the heels of Tuesday's news that Starbucks will begin posting calorie counts, Pinsky offered his opinion from a medical perspective:

"Everyone agrees we must continue down this path," he told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "It gives people a chance to be good with their diet. If you are just looking at the yummy stuff, you ain't got a chance."

The host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show "Loveline," Pinsky then shared information that Morgan was not at all pleased to hear, as he insisted that the masses have to "say no to the yummy."

Gawking at such a directive, Morgan resisted:

"I like the yummy, Dr. Drew!"

Pinsky understood, but stayed consistent with his nutritional guidance:

"I agree with you, but I think it at least gives us a chance. We have a problem in this country. You can see it wherever you go. We now are at a time when people have to ride around on scooters, we have to have lifts for everything because we let this run out of control," he explained. "It's a major issue, we have diabetes and hypertension as a result of all the obesity, and this gives people a fighting chance."

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  1. Patricia Hollenbeak

    Your conduct and remarks, regarding the trials and defendants, being broadcasted by CNN Headline News is shameful.
    Please do not publish this.

    July 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. WSSG

    Regarding Edward Snowden: It is not the place of a private to reveal the plans of war to the enemy when he disagrees with those plans. A private does not know enough and has not been appointed that authority by elected officials. Snowden's case is no different. Our system is less than perfect but is better than any other, given our population. The process of American representative democracy is that we entrust elected officials with the power to make decisions regarding which aspects of our homeland security plans to reveal to the enemy. Snowden is different from a reporter, or any other citizen that might have discovered the information, in that he promised to remain silent when he was entrusted with secrets of national security. Snowden is as much of a traitor as a soldier that reveals his platoon's strategy to the enemy in exchange for fortune or out of arrogance. He should be tried and executed, as such. I think he will get rich from this. I believe that was his real motivation.

    July 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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